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  • ANN: New Publications in Journal of Icon Studies

    The Museum of Russian Icons is pleased to announce several new publications in its Journal of Icon Studies.

    Fabian Heffermehl of the University of Oslo has publichsed an article entitled “The Icon and the Hand: Acheiropoeisis (Nerokotvornost’) as a Literary Technique in Shalamov’s Glove.”

    Raoul Smith has written a brief report in the Occasional Papers section for in-house research of the Journal website, entitled “Observations on some lexical and paleographic features of an inscription on Icon R2007.46 ‘Mother of God, In thee rejoiceth.’”

    Clemena Antonova of the Univestiy of Cologne has published two recent exhibition reviews: “A Giotto Exhibition in Milan” and “The Icon Collection at the Archaeology Museum in Nessebar, Bulgaria.”

    All of these can be accessed at the Museum of Russian Icons website

  • ANN: Public Talk: Tracing the Afterlives of Communism in Contemporary Art from Eastern Europe / Ksenia Nouril

    ANN: Public Talk: Tracing the Afterlives of Communism in Contemporary Art from Eastern Europe / Ksenia Nouril

    You are warmly invited to a public talk by SHERA Secretary and Treasurer on the artists Olga Chernysheva and Deimantas Narkevičius at the New York Public Library on Tuesday, July 12 at 6pm.

    Her talk talk, “Tracing the Afterlives of Communism in Contemporary Art from Eastern Europe,” will take place in the Celeste Auditorium in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street. All Public Library Programs are free of charge.

    Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, how have contemporary artists from Eastern Europe borne witness to the slow but steady disappearance of communism from everyday life? In its wake, what vestiges of this ideology were left behind? How do artists mediate these traces of their communist pasts by returning to this often-fraught history in artworks that then circulate as commodities on the global art market? Ksenia Nouril will address the historical turn in the recent work of Olga Chernysheva and Deimantas Narkevičius, who are based in Moscow, Russia and Vilnius, Lithuania, respectively.

    Chernysheva and Narkevičius came of age in the Soviet Union during the 1980s, a period known as perestroika or reconstruction, when political, social, and economic reforms aimed to bolster the failing project of communism after years of stagnation. Thus, in their formative years as artists, they experienced the disintegration of Soviet society. Today, through their patient but in no way passive observation of their surroundings, they capture the byproducts of communism still visibly and physically entrenched in the volatile and fragile post-Soviet socio-political ecosystem.

    Nouril’s talk draws upon the writings of Svetlana Boym, Paul Ricoeur, and others, contextualizing contemporary Eastern European art with a larger discourse of studies on history, memory, and trauma.

    Olga Chernysheva (b. 1962) lives and works in Moscow. She was trained in animation at the Russian State University of Cinematography in Moscow and also studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Chernysheva represented Russia in the 2001 Venice Biennale and has been featured in recent solo exhibitions at BAK, Utrecht and Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany. She has participated in numerous prominent group exhibitions and international biennials. More recently, her work was included in the exhibition All the Worlds’ Futures in the Arsenale at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), curated by Okwui Enwezor. In October 2016, she will have an exhibition at The Drawing Center in New York.

    Deimantas Narkevičius (b. 1964) lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. He studied sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts and was a resident at the Delfina Foundation in London from 1992 to 1993. He is one of the most consistent and widely recognized Lithuanian artists on the international art scene. He represented Lithuania at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001, exhibited at the 50th Venice Biennale Utopia Station in 2003, and in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. His work is in more than two dozen private and public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, and the French National Collection.

    Ksenia Nouril is a Brooklyn-based art historian and curator. She is a Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she researches and plans programming related to Central and Eastern European art. A PhD candidate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, she is writing her dissertation on contemporary Eastern European artists whose practices address the legacies of socialism. Her research has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Graduate School-New Brunswick, and the Avenir Foundation. Previously, she worked as a Dodge Fellow at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ, where she organized Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection, an exhibition examining unofficial Soviet art during the Cold War. She has published in The Calvert Journal, Art Margins Online, and Inside/Out. She is an editor of and contributor to post: notes on modern and contemporary art, MoMA’s online platform for digital publishing and collaborative research on art from around the globe.

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  • ANN: Welcome to our New Member, The St. Petersburg Arts Project!

    We are delighted to announce that The St. Petersburg Arts Project is now a member of SHERA

    ‘St. Petersburg Arts Project’ is a New York based non-for-profit foundation, originally established in 1999 to promote cultural exchange between American and Russian art communities. For the past 17 years the foundation has successfully launched festivals and exhibitions in many cities such as London, New York, Washington, St. Petersburg and Berlin, to engage artists and audiences from the two countries in cultural exchange. In 2005, the foundation expanded its mission to multi-cultural artistic community building. The foundation continues to rely upon traditional means of communication such as publication of articles in international journals, lectures and the organization of exhibitions. Additionally, it uses and develops new media technologies to reach artists and the general public in different corners of the world.

  • ANN: Productive Arts May 2016 Catalogue

    ANN: Productive Arts May 2016 Catalogue

    ANN: Productive Arts May 2016 Catalogue

    Our member Productive Arts is pleased to announce the May 2016 catalogue of rare and unique Soviet era essays, cover designs, illustrations, posters, books and posters for sale, including images by Rodchenko, Klucis, Popova, Lissitzky and Lebedev.

    Please browse their online catalogue for more information.

    Productive Arts are private dealers of Russian/Soviet art and photo related books, journals, magazines, publications, posters and ephemera from before the revolution, through the constructivist period and socialist realism.

    Their specialties: “USSR in Construction”; Newsmontage; 1920s-30s political and commercial design posters; the great 1930s Soviet photobooks; commercial design ephemera; and complete (and near complete) runs of photo, political, film, theater, architectural and cultural journals.

    Their clients include museums, libraries, archives, public and private collections.

    Their inventory includes materials designed by Rodchenko, Stepanova, Malevich, Lissitzky, Klutsis, Stenberg Brothers, Naumov, Deineka, Troshin, Pinus, Pimenov, Lebedev, Konashevich and many others.

    Productive Arts are proud members of: The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).

    Contact details:


    10501 Lakeshore Blvd #3
    Bratenahl OH 44108 USA

  • Member News: Congratulations to Dr. Allison Leigh on her new Tenure Track Position!

    Member News: Congratulations to Dr. Allison Leigh on her new Tenure Track Position!

    Member News: Congratulations to Dr. Allison Leigh

    Congratulations to our member, Dr. Allison Leigh, who has just accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Louisiana! The students of UL are lucky to have you! Best of luck in your new position.

  • ANN: 2016 Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients

    2016 Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients
    ASEEES is delighted to announce the 2016 Stephen F. Cohen-Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship recipients.
    The Cohen-Tucker Fellowship Program is sponsored by the KAT Charitable Foundation, which we thank for its generous support.

    Susan Grunewald Carnegie Mellon University
    Erin Hutchinson Harvard University
    Dakota Irvin UNC Chapel Hill
    Kelsey Norris University of Pennsylvania
    John Romero Arizona State University
    John Seitz Iowa State University

    You can read the announcement with their dissertation titles and brief descriptions at: Congratulations to the six Cohen-Tucker Fellows!

    2016 Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize Nomination Extended Deadline, June 15
    The deadline for the 2016 Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize nominations has been extended to June 15. The Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize recognizes an outstanding English-language doctoral dissertation in Soviet or Post-Soviet politics and history in the tradition practiced by Robert C. Tucker and Stephen F. Cohen. The dissertation must be defended at an American or Canadian university, and must be completed during the 2015 calendar year. The prize carries a $5,000 award, intended to help the author turn the dissertation into a publishable manuscript. For more information see

    2016 Annual Convention Travel Grants
    The deadlines for travel grants to the 2016 Annual Convention in Washington, DC, are approaching quickly:

    Extended Registration Deadline for 2016 ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention in Lviv, Ukraine
    The registration deadline for the ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention has been extended to May 25:
    You can view the preliminary convention program at:

  • ANN: AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS grants the Museum of Russian Icons accreditation

    ANN: AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS grants the Museum of Russian Icons accreditation

    On the eve of the Museum of Russian Icons tenth anniversary (it opened its doors in October 2006) the Museum receives the highest accolade available to American museums - the AAM Accreditation.

    Fewer than 10% of American museums are accredited. Accreditation is a long process and requires that the museum preform at the highest ethical, administration and community engagement standards, equal to any of the most prestigious national museums in the USA.

    It is very unusual for accreditation to be awarded to a museum that is only ten year old. This is a cap stone for the philanthropy of the founder’s Gordon B. Lankton, former President and Chairman of Nypro Inc. Mr. Lankton acquired his first icon, a St Nicholas on display at the Museum in 1991. From that time onward Mr. Lankton has assembled what Nadezhda Bekeneva of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow has called “one of the finest private collections of Russian icons in the world”. Mr. Lankton has donated his collection of over 1,000 icons from the 15th to 21st centuries along with the magnificent buildings that house the Museum in the care of a Board of Trustees. To ensure the future of the Museum Mr. Lankton has arranged to leave a significant endowment.

    “This is a wonderful acknowledgement of what has been achieved here, I am pleased that the AAM has recognized the Museum and the collections for quality and for the work we have done to bring the Museum to life. I am very happy to share this accolade with my favorite Town of Clinton”—Gordon B. Lankton upon hearing of the AAM Accreditation.

    Tara Young, Deputy Director at the Museum of Russian Icons led the Museum’s team to apply for accreditation. She and the Museum staff team of seven employees and the Trustees worked over a year to prepare the documentation for the application and to get the Museum systems up to AAM standard.

    The Museum is a lynch-pin for the revitalization of the Town of Clinton and the neighboring communities. The Museum attract over 15,000 visitors from around the country and the world annually. The Museum houses the largest, and finest collection of Russian icons outside of Russia.

    In awarding accreditation, the AAM review commission called the collections “important”, “significant”. They applauded “the spirit in which the accreditation process was approached by the staff and Trustees”. They commended the Museum on its strong community partnerships and in particular sited the establishment of the Moscow Study Center in partnership with WPI. The commissioners were impressed by the range and quality of the Museum programming. They also mentioned the recent international conference that attracted scholars from around the world to attend a 3 day event to discuss icons and Byzantine art during a major international exhibition in collaboration with the British Museum, London, was taking place. The Museum of Russian Icons was cited for how they use the collection of icons to promote understanding between the USA and Russia.

    The Museum of Russian Icons is the only Museum in the USA dedicated to Russian icons and it is the largest collection outside of Russia.

    MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS, 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA 10150, USA
    Admission: Adults $10, seniors (59+) $7, Students $5, Children (3-7) $5, Children < Free
    Museum Open: Tue. - Fri., 11 to 4pm, FIRST Thurs to 8pm, Sat 11 to 5pm
    Free to Museum Members.

    For interviews & further information:
    Kent Russell, CEO/Curator 978 598 5000 x 12

  • ANN: New online resource: Quadrivium

    New online resource: Quadrivium

    The Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland has developed a new biweekly digital art history digest, Quadrivium, which may be of interest to SHERA members who use digital resources in teaching and research. It can be accessed through the website of the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture

  • ANN: Swans of Other Worlds Now Available as E-Book

    ANN: Swans of Other Worlds Now Available as E-Book

    Swans of Other Worlds Now Available as E-Book

    Charlotte Douglas’s book, Swans of Other Worlds: Kazimir Malevich and the Origins of Abstraction in Russia is now conveniently available as an e-book through, for only $9.99!

    Congratulations, Charlotte! We are all pleased to now have such easy access to your seminal publication!

  • Member News: Corina Apostol elected to serve as council member in National Administration for Cultural Funds, Romanian Ministry of Culture

    Member News: Corina Apostol elected to serve as council member in National Administration for Cultural Funds, Romanian Ministry of Culture

    PhD student Corina Apostol was nominated and accepted by the Romanian Cultural Minister to serve as a council member in the National Administration for Cultural Funds (Administratia Fondului Cultural National /AFCN), under the Romanian Ministry of Culture. This is a 2 year appointment. There are 11 council members who are tasked with deciding which programs, projects and cultural activities receive funds from the government and support international cultural relations.